The U.S. House tonight voted to
authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for unilaterally
changing the laws passed in the Affordable Care Act. That
legislation, also known as Obamacare, passed almost
exclusively with the support of Democrats when both houses of
Congress were controlled by the same party as the president’s.
House Republicans believe other unilateral actions by the president
may be illegal too but believe this is their best case. The
authorization for the lawsuit passed by a vote of 225 to 201,
mostly on party lines. No Democrat voted for the bill but five
Republicans voted against: Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.) Scott Garrett
(NJ), Steve Stockman (Fla.), Walter Jones (NC), Thomas Massie
Once a large movement exclusively for fiscally frugal
government, animated by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli’s rant
against bailouts, today's much smaller tea party has too often
become a movement fixated on the social authoritarian thinking of
Rick Santorum. The result of chaotic thinking has been chaotic and
ineffective influence in Michigan Congressional primaries.
I live in the 8th Congressional District, the political
battlefield between current State Rep. Tom McMillin, R - Rochester
Hills, and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R -
Rochester. I have received mailings from McMillin promising to
protect me from gay marriage and illegal
immigration. Bishop retaliated, threatening me with his endorsement
from current GOP Congressman Mike Rogers.
Ouch. While neither has been shy about criticizing the other,
it's their unintentional negative attacks on their own records that
turn me off. The first one to shut up about themselves might get my
vote. The ironic thing is: I know and like both and have written
recently that either will be an improvement over the
highly disappointing incumbent, Mike Rogers.
A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million
on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper"
author Chris Kyle.
On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that
the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a
bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man
whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said
the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few."
Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about
punching him. Kyle said in testimony videotaped before his death
last year that his story was accurate.
New York's police unions cannot challenge a sweeping settlement
over the city's controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, a U.S.
judge ruled on Wednesday, clearing the way for reforms to take
U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York denied the
unions' request to intervene in two stop-and-frisk class action
lawsuits, saying they lacked standing to pursue an appeal that
Mayor Bill de Blasio has already decided to abandon.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), an influential tea party leader, will
meet with a group of House Republicans Wednesday to urge them to
oppose House Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to stem the flow
of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to
several House members who plan to attend the 7 p.m. gathering at
Cruz's huddle is the latest example of the combative freshman
senator wading into House affairs and serving as an informal whip
against the leadership’s immigration position. It is also a direct
shot at Boehner's effort to pass his legislative package, hours
before the bill is scheduled to come to the House floor on
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the heart of the
agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans
"crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.
Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications
for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in
November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about some
members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane.
JERUSALEM — Israeli shells hit a United Nations school
packed with hundreds of Palestinian families on Wednesday, killing
at least 16 people and wounding more than 100, health officials
The strike on the school came as Israel’s air and artillery
barrage against the militant Islamist group Hamas reached a
crescendo. More than 70 Palestinians were reported killed by midday
throughout Gaza; Tuesday was the deadliest day of the campaign so
far, when 128 Palestinians were killed, according to the Gaza
Israel stepped up its strikes after 10 Israeli soldiers were
killed by Hamas attacks on Monday.
Helsinki’s airport will be the first in the world to track
passengers to within feet. The plan is being hailed as a
technological breakthrough — and is drawing scrutiny from
Sensors will monitor all mobile phones with Wi-Fi access turned
on from parking lot to takeoff, helping to observe crowding and
prevent bottlenecks at the two-terminal airport which 15 million
fliers pass through a year. Passengers opting in through an
application will also receive offers from shops and restaurants, as
well as gate and flight information.
While the technology has clear benefits, companies must tread
carefully to adopt it as such systems can be perceived as enabling
the monitoring of unwary people. U.S.-based retailer Nordstrom Inc.
ended a tracking test last year after suffering a backlash from
Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban
the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone
records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can
seek in any particular search.
The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a
version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in
reducing bulk collection and immediately drew warmer response from
privacy advocates and technology companies.